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England vs India, 3rd Test: Rating the England players

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Modified 22 Aug 2018, 18:34 IST
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#5 Jonny Bairstow (1.5/10)

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four
England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four

Another English player who got hit by the storm named Hardik Pandya in the first innings. Bairstow did the hard part facing 41 deliveries for his 15 runs, but failed to rescue his team in the crunch situation.

He injured his finger while keeping in the second innings which had put his participation in England's second innings in doubt. Albeit Bairstow did come out to bat, he couldn't put up any resistance getting all cleaned up on the very first delivery he faced.

#6 Ben Stokes (6/10)

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four
England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four

Stokes' inclusion in the playing XI was quite controversial in itself having replaced an in-form Sam Curran. But he failed to live up to his billing with either ball or bat in the first innings. He went wicketless in the 15 overs he bowled and gave away 54 runs. With the bat too, he could only manage 10 runs before getting caught at slips.

However, he managed to pick up 2 wickets in the second innings and also put up a strong resistance with the bat. He faced 187 balls for his 62 runs before being caught at 2nd slip by KL Rahul.

#7 Jos Buttler (7.5/10)

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four
England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four
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Termed as limited overs specialist, Jos Buttler has shown consistently that he can play red ball cricket with equal brilliance. He was the lone spark in an otherwise disappointing 1st innings performance by the English side scoring a quickfire 39 runs off 32 balls. If not for Buttler's counter-attack, England would not have been able to avoid the follow-on.

In the 2nd innings as well, Buttler was the one who put up a strong resistance to push the match into the 5th day. Although he was dropped early in his innings, but credit must be given to him to fight it out and score his maiden Test ton (106 runs 176balls). He didn't put a foot wrong after that reprieve before getting out lbw, trying to leave a ball which nipped in sharply.

Dropping Pujara, however, in the second innings did cost his side dearly as Pujara went to score 72 runs.

#8 Chris Woakes (4.5/10)

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Two
England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Two

Man of the match in the previous game, Chris Woakes sent early jitters in the Indian camp when he removed the top 3 in quick succession and finished the innings with respectable figures of 20-2-75-3. However, he couldn't bail out his team out of pressure with the bat, getting out after scoring 8 runs to a bouncer from Hardik Pandya, which he later revealed to be a clear plan.

In the second innings, Woakes wasn't as effective as he was in the first innings and could manage only 1 wicket of a set Virat Kohli (who had just reached his hundred). He disappointed with the bat again in the second innings, being bounced out twice in the match, this time by Jasprit Bumrah for 4 runs.

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Published 22 Aug 2018, 18:34 IST
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